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Leadership Program

As part of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, the regional Tobacco Control Leadership Program aims to develop and enhance leadership in countries experiencing the greatest burden of disease and death from tobacco use by building capacity to develop, implement and enforce effective tobacco control policy interventions. Nominations for participants are recommended by Bloomberg Initiative partners working in the countries.

Dr. Zafar Mirza, State Minister of Health, is welcomed by IGTC's Steven Tamplin

Dr. Zafar Mirza, Pakistan's State Minister of Health, is welcomed by IGTC's Steven Tamplin at the 2019 Pakistan Tobacco Control Leadership Training.

More than 2,000 professionals have benefitted from this training after the 2006 launch with 20 participants from 10 countries. Country and region-specific tobacco control leadership programs allow for more emphasis on locally relevant tobacco control policy issues, as well as other relevant public health policy issues.

At the completion of this Program, participants will have: 

  • Enhanced leadership and networking skills to advocate for, enact and implement effective policy change;
  • An improved ability to apply leadership principles and better utilize tobacco control-related evidence to advance policy development and implementation aimed at resolving country-specific issues and challenges;
  • Strengthened skills in strategic communication and policy development and implementation; and,
  • Strengthened ties and linkages with international colleagues.

The most recent program was the Latin American and Caribbean Tobacco Control Leadership Program in Mexico City. We also recently held the first-ever Western Pacific Regional Tobacco Tax Leadership Program, which marked our return to in-person training after four virtual programs: the Asia Pacific Tobacco Control Leadership Program, the South Asia Regional Tobacco Control Leadership Program, the Global Tobacco Control Leadership Program and the Eastern Mediterranean Tobacco Control Leadership Program. You can also learn more about past in-person programs in Pakistan and China.